A MUST HAVE App for Any Business Professional
Posted by Adam Clayton at April 9th, 2013
You know you are like me, traveling around to various networking events and collecting business cards. When you get back to the office, all those business cards tend to end up in a nicely stacked pile on your desk or filed in a drawer somewhere. It takes a lot of time too go through all those cards and enter the information, so usually it’s not always on your priority list. Other business tends to come first, which is normal.
Due to my own frustrations about having these business cards pile up and the fact I’m not going to stop collecting them, making the task continue to be more daunting. I realized I need to find a better way to do things. Technology to the rescue!
I began searching for ways that I can solve this problem. There are some mail-in services which are ok, but you still need to export and import the information to your email or other contact application. Not really saving time, plus you may have to buy a stamp. As an avid Google Apps user and business, I wanted to find something that would seamlessly integrate with it, as well.
I came across a mobile application that will change the way you manage your business cards. It’s called CamCard and here is how it works. When you receive a business card, open the CamCard application. You take a photo of the front of it (Can do back too.). It will optimize the card for readability, then scan the card for the information on the card. You will go through each part of the card verifying the information. It’s surprisingly accurate, considering all the variations of business cards out there. It saves a photo image of the business card too, but the cool part is you can choose multiple locations to save the information. If available, I recommend syncing to one of your Google Apps (or other cloud-based accounts) and not saving the information to the phone itself. I set mine up to sync with my linked-in account, as well.
This has actually been around for a few years now. I first tried it a while ago and the results were mediocre at best. I stopped using it and just recently reinvestigated. There have been some improvements and I was impressed with how well it worked now. The great part is you can try the app for free. It limits the number of cards you can do initially and per day. At the time of this writing, for full functionality, and other language support, you can purchase the full app for a WHOPPING $2.99 on Android. When I saw the $2.99 price, there wasn’t even a moment of hesitation for how much simpler it would help me manage my collected business cards. Heck, that’s about the same price as a Whopper and I wouldn’t get anywhere near the same satisfaction. There is another version for $11.99 that supports more advanced languages.
Keep in mind, it is not perfect and reads some cards better than others. White cards were among the easiest to read, but it worked for solid colored cards too with white font. When the background and font color were close, it struggles some. Though, I still managed to whip through a stack of 80 business cards I had in about 30 min.